As Smartphones are expensive these days, Smartphone thefts are a normal scenario. And as Smartphones are large these days, they’re a bit difficult when it comes to portability, thus increasing the chances of being stolen as well.
Therefore, it is always necessary that you always keep track of methods that’ll help you recover your Android Smartphone in case it gets stolen. And today, we’re here with a couple of methods that might help you to track lost Android Smartphone.
If you have an Android phone running Android version 2.2 Gingerbread or above, you can make use of this.
Android Device Manager is a function present on your Android Smartphone that lets you remotely ring, Geo-locate or wipe away the data present on your Smartphone. And these are the three basic tools that you might need, in case your Android device gets stolen or goes missing.
If you’re unaware about how to set up Android Device Manager on your Android device, below is how you can do so:
- Go to Settings from your Android device.
- From the Settings menu, navigate to Security settings.
- Under Security settings you’ll be able to find a section called “Device Administrators”, click on the same.
- From the window that follows, tick the checkbox next to the “Android Device Manager” option.
Now here’s how you can make use of Android Device Manager in case your Android device goes stolen or reports missing:
- From your PC, navigate to https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager
- Accept the terms and conditions [if you're using it for the first time].
- Now from this webpage, you’ll be able to Geo-locate your Android device [if it has GPS turned ON at that moment], or else you’ll be able to ring your Android device [no matter whether it's on Silent, it will ring always in the maximum volume] or if none of the above works, you’ll be able to perform a Data Factory reset on your Android device, thus deleting every stored information from your Android device.
Now if the Android Device Manager does not help you in identifying your Android device, below is an another possible way to recover your lost Android device.
2. Locating Using IMEI Number:
The IMEI number is a secret identification number unique for every device out there. And definitely your Android device will have one too.
You can find the IMEI number of your Android device from the “About” section on your Android device, or else from the bill of purchase of your Android device, or else from the warranty card of your Android device, or else from the Google account linked on to your Android device.
If you have the IMEI number of your Android device, then you can trace out your Android device by reporting the IMEI number to the Police as well as your network carrier. Then either of them will be able to locate your Android device geographically.
Finally, that was an article on How To Track Lost Android Smartphone. If you are aware of any other effective means to identify or track your lost Android Smartphone, then do share it with us through the comments section below.